We at Dr. Thanos Kristallis, DDS & Associates are in the distinct position, thanks to our in house dental lab and dental ceramists, to customize and deliver your new natural looking smile in the SAME DAY. So, you can now restore your appearance and improve your self-esteem and image in ONE SINGLE APPOINTMENT.
Dentists use the term “veneer” to refer to a thin layer of restorative material placed on the surface of a tooth. Veneers are generally used to protect a damaged tooth surface. It is also widely used to improve the esthetics of your tooth. In fact, veneers are one of the options to dramatically change the look of your teeth, with minimal invasiveness.
Dental veneers are of two main types, depending on the material that is used to fabricate the veneer – composite veneer and porcelain veneer. If your dental treatment plan requires the use of veneers, we at Washington Metro Center Dental will gladly discuss with the pros and cons of either choice of veneers.
Your dentist at Dr. Thanos Kristallis & Associates at Washington Metro Center Dental will work with you to help you pick the dental veneer that best suits your dental needs.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are very fine layers / shells of dental ceramic material that are used to bond to the surface of the teeth. Porcelain veneers are very resistant to permanent staining from food materials like coffee and tea, and even cigarette smoking to a certain extent. So they are considered as a great dental restorative choice to improve the appearance of the front teeth.
When would we recommend Porcelain Veneers as a treatment option?
Veneers can be used to close spaces / gaps between teeth, lengthen teeth that have been shortened by wear, provide a uniform color, shape, and symmetry, and make the teeth appear straight. Generally, your dentist at Dr. Thanos Kristallis & Associates would recommend porcelain veneers for the following conditions:
- To provide an complete smile makeover EVEN in a day.
- To restore and “makeover” a single tooth or multiple teeth that may have been fractured or discolored.
- To correct imperfections that result from small teeth or malpositioned teeth, which causes gaps / spaces between teeth (diastema).
- To correct worn away teeth edges.
- As an alternative to crowns, to change tooth color, size, or shape.
- To repair of old crowns and bridgework under certain situations.
Porcelain Veneers and Gingivectomy to treat chipped and stained teeth & gum disease
Once you decide to use veneers as your treatment option, generally you will need one or sometimes two appointments for the entire procedure. It is a fairly simple dental procedure, and patients require little to no anesthesia.
The procedure is done in different stages, starting from diagnosis to treatment planning, teeth preparation and completion of veneer application. Our dental ceramists are actively involved in this team treatment approach.
At Dr. Thanos Kristallis & Associates at Washington Metro Center Dental, we encourage our patients to take an active role in the planning and treatment process so that we can best understand and meet your cosmetic needs and ensure that you are most happy with the end result. During the planning stage your dentist at Dr. Thanos Kristallis & Associates at Washington Metro Center Dental will pay careful attention to all artistic details such as the proper color, shape, form to match the face, resulting in an smile makeover. The effect of which will last our patients lifetime.
In the diagnostic step your dentist at Dr. Thanos Kristallis & Associates at Washington Metro Center Dental will conduct a comprehensive oral examination. It will include taking full mouth X-rays, a diagnostic wax-up, analysis of your bite, analysis of the proportions of your teeth forming the smile line, digital imaging and intraoral digital photography and digital shade taking.
Once the diagnosis is complete and we have the treatment plan laid out with the input of our dental ceramists, the next step is to prepare your teeth for veneering. The teeth are shaped in accordance with the diagnostic wax-up. About 0.5mm of the tooth surface structure is removed; this is to accommodate the thickness of the veneer that will be placed. In some cases this procedure may require a local anesthetic.
A mold of your teeth is taken and our laboratory can start to fabricate the veneers immediately. To protect your teeth during this period, temporary veneers are placed. Temporary veneers are not necessary for same day immediate Porcelain Veneers.
Once your veneers are ready they are bonded the to your teeth. Before we bond the veneers to your teeth we carefully examine them to make sure that the color and fit is optimum, so that you get the best aesthetic and functional results.
We also seek your input at this stage, especially on the color. At this stage the color of the veneers can be slightly adjusted with the shade of the cement to be used. Any changes or modifications are done chair-side with the assistance of our dental ceramists without having to send the case back to a distant lab that has never had the chance to meet our patient. Once the veneers are cemented, the color cannot be altered.
The last step is for your dentist at Dr. Thanos Kristallis & Associates at Washington Metro Center Dental is to cement and bond the veneers permanently to your teeth. To facilitate bonding, your tooth will first be cleansed with specific chemicals. Then the cement is sandwiched between the veneer and tooth and the cement is hardened using a light beam.
What you can expect from Porcelain Veneers
- You can definitely see your greatly enhanced smile and improved image.
- The good quality veneers we provide would lasts for over 10 years.
- If you feel that any slight changes are necessary even after insertion, you should communicate that to us. We can make minor adjustments to your veneers to correct this.
What are the risks / concerns?
- There are no known risks associated with this procedure.
- If your veneer is subjected to excessive pressure, your veneers can get damaged / chipped / cracked. So, if you suffer from bruxism, please talk to your dentist at Dr. Thanos Kristallis & Associates. We can discuss about wearing a mouth guard at night to protect your veneers and teeth.
- A night guard is recommended in the presence of parafuntional habits such as clenching or bruxism.